REMEMBERING HESTER – TREASURES IN BOXES-SOAP FINALLY MADE

5 03 2014

HELLO

REMEMBERING HESTER

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Hester passed away last night.  I will miss her so .  A wonderful hen who show me the wonders of life even though it will filled with hardships.  Her disabilities started young when her top beak was cut way to short.  It must have been a painful experience.  She over came it and had to eat and drink differently than other birds.  She loved to be held and her little head would melt into my shoulder.   She realized that the best place to sleep at night was the nesting box and would make sure she was in there before anyone thought of bedtime.  I have one more Golden Comet, Lucy and will never get anymore unless they are rescues.  They are hybrid birds which lay quantities of larger than normal eggs which shortens their lives.  This is not what Mother Nature intended. 

TREASURES IN BOXES

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I am slowly going through boxes of my Dad’s family things.  Inside one box was this guest towel done long ago by a family member.  It could have been done my Aunt Delia who died before I was born.  The delicate embroidery has faded over the years.  I love the  crocheted GUEST that separate the towels.

SOAP FINALLY MADE

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Well the soap is done and is cooling under a blanket but it was not done without incident.  Some lye splashed on my face which made it necessary for an emergency Eye Doctor’s visit.    David took me down and everything is okay but I will have to get a new pair of safety glasses, my old ones are shot.  I hope the Calendula batch comes out as that is when it happened and I had to leave it and rinse my face.  I also made the Lime/Basil gardeners soap.  It has ground up corn in it to scrub the dirt away.  I love the smell and the last batch I made sold out.  I hope to make 100 bars of that.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you had a lovely day.   Carole





MINNIE-HESTER AND MARLEY-THE WARM UP-CELTIC BOOK OF DAYS

21 02 2014

HELLO,

While I was out in the back yesterday I spotted this on my neighbors chimney.  IMG_2417

UPDATE ON MINNIE

Minnie has her ups and downs she has put on a little weight but not much.  SHe is more trusting of me and often sleeps right next to me.  SHe is very afraid of a soda can opening.  Her past does creep in sometimes.  She seems happy and will be due soon for another check up.  I hope that we can do something about her kidney disease.

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Hester

She is doing well, eating well but not walking.  She is standing for a time each day.  I do think a vet visit is called for  I doubt if she will ever be able to be with the flock again and I really don’t think she cares.  She loves all the attention.  

Marley

Marley managed to take off his mask, he has not changed.  We are working around him cleaning the barn and he still may be separated from the rest of the flock, time will tell.  His problems are not his fault they are the fault of people.

Chris and I spent some of yesterday digging trenches to divert water from coming into the barn

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.  There is quite a lot of snow on that mountain and it will be trickling down with the warmer weather that is now upon us

IMG_2415   I think we will see people making Maple Syrup this week.  I know if I was doing that this year I would be tapping the trees today.   Warm days and cold nights are expected through Sunday.  I am going to get my evaporator out of the garage this year and  make maple syrup next spring.

THE CELTIC BOOK OF DAYS

By Caitlin Matthews   A Guide to Celtic Spiritually & Wisdom

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I bought this book many years ago.  It is a wealth of information on Celtic customs and wonderful drawings.  You never know what each days reading will bring.  Yesterdays was birth customs in the west of Scotland.  Very interesting, today was an Irish riddle.  Each day holds new information about Celtic life.  I bet you can still find this book  on Amazon.

Oh Where Oh where is my dryer vent

IMG_2414It disappeared under tons of snow that fell from the barn roof yesterday, hitting the window with force.  The window is fine.

Many thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole





THE OIL MANS GRIP-HESTER – SUSAN’S VISIT- SPRING FLOWERS-LUCY’S EGG-SWEET PEA

9 02 2014

HELLO

We are in the middle of another cold spell with some snow coming tonight.  The word is that a nor’easter is coming on Thursday but you never know .

THE OIL MANS GRIP

On Friday I got a delivery of 100 gallons of oil, the price was $445.  It’s almost unbelievable and the sad thing is that if this cold weather stays it will only last for about 2 weeks.    The discrepancy between oil companies is huge too   My son’s oil company charged him around 4.00 a gallon.  I am hoping that I can take step one this year and have my plumbers  figure out a way to shut off the upstairs.  Not having the heat on there should save me some money.

SUSAN’S VISIT

My friend Susan came yesterday for a visit.  She brought me some lovely primroses which I just love.

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She had never been to the Textile COmpany so we went there.  The Textile Company is located in Greenfield in an old wooden mill type building.  Creeky wooden floors and chock full of every fabric you would ever want.  The staff is very helpful and cheerful you can tell that each of them just loves their job.   It is the go to place for sewers all over New England.  The fabric and accessories are of the highest standards. We stopped at Sheep and Shawl which Susan loved and then went to FUNK SHUN to visit with Christa and drop off some things..  We came home for lunch and Susan worked on a needle felted heart which came out so good.  It was a fun visit and we have planned more.

HESTER

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Hester is still improving, but she is finding it hard to walk and like a human is wary of taking some steps.  Because of her feet walking was painful.  It will take time but she will do it, she is standing much more.

SPRING FLOWERS

I do love the hyacinths and this pink one is especially beautiful.

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LUCY’S EGG

Lucy has laid a couple of eggs in the past week but they quickly froze and split open.  This morning I was greeted by this egg which tipped the scale.  It is larger than an extra large.

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Sweet Pea is a Welsummer Hen and was supposed to start laying in the late fall.  The cold weather and short days have prevented that.  She should start laying in the spring.  I am looking forward to her eggs which will be a reddish-brown.  I like her size she is smaller than a regular hen but not as small as the Bantams.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a lovely day.   Carole





SPINNING-MORE DYE BOOKS-EGGS-CHICKEN EVENTS-HESTER

7 02 2014

GOOD MORNING

We got through the storm and its all cleared away, yesterday was a beautiful sunny day.  Last night the temps almost broke a record, way below zero.  Even though the heat is on nicely you know its very cold outside.

SPINNING

I have been sorting through the wool in the box room and came across a couple of handfuls of Angora.  I raised Angora rabbits in the early 80’s.  They are sweet and beautiful but so much work, much more than sheep.  I found a bag of white and brought it downstairs.  Then decided to throw it in the end of the green dye bath and this is how it came out.  I love the color and probably could never repeat it again.  I am spinning it now and will probably use it in the top of a pair of sock.  I have also found  part of an Irish fleece I bought many years ago.  I did send it out and had it made into roving.  It’s a course wool and I now think it will make great bottoms of socks or I could put it into a hooked rug.. The coarseness will make  It long-lasting in either project.

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DYE BOOKS

I bought these  3 dye books from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in New York.  They are exceptional dye books with many illustrations and dye recipes from here and around the world.    I have used them many times and they were especially useful when I lived in Belchertown and had a dye garden. I am hoping to make a small dye garden this year and do some more natural dyeing with roving.

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EGGS, Hester and Chicken Events

I got a egg from Mrs. Brown and another blue one.  The days are getting longer and more will be coming.  Hester’s feet are almost back to normal now.  I am going to changer her coop and she will go into the gentle coop this spring.  I think she will like it better.  The gals in her old coop are all black or grey, and now with Hilda gone it might be better for her to make the change.  \

Next Saturday is the yearly Chicken CHat held at a farm in Hatfield.  Although we are all members of a local online group its good to get together.  There will be people who want to get into chickens there and old timers.  Questions will be answered and information about up coming events, feed and chicken illnesses will be discussed.   It’s always a fun and educational event.  Hope the weather hold for it. 

Hope you have a sparkling day and thank you so much for reading my blog.   Carole





MORE SNOW COMING-RARE BREED SURVIVAL TRUST- RED S THE COLOR OF THE DAY-HESTER

5 02 2014

Hello

MORE SNOW COMING

We are expecting more snow after 2 am going through tomorrow evening.  10-12 inches is expected and it will be a heavy snow..  Sunday night into MOnday a nor’easter is expected.

RARE BREED SURVIVAL TRUST

2014 WATCHLIST

The Trust puts out a list every year of the rare breeds population and what condition the population is in.    There are many on the list.  Many people are working hard to keep these animals true to their heritage and increasing slowly their particular breeds.  I will just mention a few breeds of Sheep and HOrses these animals are critical which means in the whole of the UK there are only 500-900 of them.

SHEEP

Leicester Longwool, Teeswater, and North Ronaldsay.

HORSES
Cleveland Bay, Hackney Pony, and Suffolk

I hope to do my part this year and purchase some wool or yarn from these farmers.  They need our support to keep the breeds true and keep them around so that our children’s children can see these animals, wear hats, mittens or sweaters from their fleeces.

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Another blue egg today!!!!!

RED IS THE COLOR OF THE DAY

I am using Pro Chem’s Turkey Red today. I like it on the Mohair and the light shade almost looks salmon.  Tomorrow between shoveling I hope to get the blue done.

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HESTER

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Hester is getting up and standing on her legs more.  The petroleum jelly treatments are working well.  Soon I will have to put her in a cage.  Can’t have her flying all around the kitchen.  She is a joy to have around talking and cooing all day long.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you had a wonderful day.   Carole





A HINT OF SPRING-DYEING WOOL-HESTER-THE KNITTING GROUP

2 02 2014

HELLO

Yesterday was  SAINT BRIGID’S Day and its  Spring in  Ireland although they have had some bad weather, the lengthening of days will bring flowers and baby lambs back into the fields.  We have another month of weather before our spring starts.

HINT OF SPRING 

Today we are having a hint of spring.  The temps are much warmer even at this hour of the morning.  The air smells of spring .

DYEING WOOL

Yesterday I dyed some purples and today will finish up the purple and go on to the reds.  I forgot to take a picture of the dye book so here it is.

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HESTER

Hester is improving slowly.  This morning she enjoyed some cantaloupe and a small piece of pancake for her after breakfast snack.  

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THE KNITTING GROUP

The knitting group meets every Saturday at Pine HIll Orchard restaurant..    It’s nice to have the option of having a lunch out while discussing and showing knitting projects.  It’s an uplifting group and I am glad to be a part of it.

Today is my first class with sock knitting.  I have  4 students.  I am looking forward to teaching them how to make and easy sock.  There are concerns about double pointed needles and turning the heels these too shall pass and once they have mastered this pattern they can make any sock pattern.  I am grateful to Liz at SHeep and Shawl for offering all these wonderful classes.

I hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.   Carole





DYEING THE YARN-CAMP WOOL- HESTER UPDATE- ANOTHER DYE BOOK

31 01 2014

Hello,

ANOTHER DYE BOOK

ANTIQUE COLOURS FOR PRIMITIVE RUGS

I bought this book in the late 90’s and am using it more lately  It is put out by W. Cushing & Cushing the dye company.  Written by Emma Lou Lais and Barbara Carroll.  I am going to use at least one of the formula’s today in dyeing a green.  The book has formulations using Cushing dyes and there are pictures of the color it will become.  When I first started chemical dyeing I only used Cushing.  One dye package would dye wool, silk and cotton, it made it economical.   They changed the dye formula in the 90’s and I then I started using Pro Chem dyes and have been using them ever since.  I now use Cushing again and this dye book helps me get the primitive colors I want.  The book is still available and a quite handy dye book to have around.  You should be able to purchase it from any Rug HOoking store or directly from Cushing in Kennebunkport, Maine.  

CAMP WOOL

It is with great sadness that I announce that Camp Wool is not going to be held this year.  LeAnn worked very hard but just couldn’t find a venue for us this year.  The one we had used before had increased their prices and she wants to keep it affordable for everyone.  I am sure she will find another place for next year. I look forward to it so much its one of three Rug Hooking events that I attend and enjoy.  Going to Maine gives me a chance to visit my childhood friend Francine and my Sister in-law Rita.  I look forward to both those visits so much  Well I hope to incorporate them in my trip to Nova Scotia.

HESTER

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I took this picture last nite as she was getting ready for bed.  She is quite good and is eating and drinking well.  I really think she enjoys being in the kitchen where there is activity. My friend Anne from Ireland gave me some great advice and today I will pick up a soft toothbrush and brush her legs.  

WILD HORSE ADOPTION CONFERENCE  will he held at Tufts at the end of March.  For all you people who are interested in Mustangs go to the Wild Horse Adoption website.  It’s great to have it in our neck of the woods.

DYEING THE YARN

When I finished winding skeins last night I though I had so much of it done in reality there was not that much.

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 I only did green and purple and will do some more purple tomorrow.  I want to do reds and blues too

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The material came out great.

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Hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole